Considerations for Hotel Owners and Managers: How to Prevent Legionnaires’ Disease
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Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) caused by Legionella bacteria. It can be associated with hotels and resorts, and may be deadly and costly. Prevention keeps guests and employees healthy — it makes good business sense, too!
Guest and Employee Safety is the First Priority
- Legionnaires’ disease is deadly for approximately 1 in 10 people who get it.
- Outbreaks at hotels and resorts may interrupt services, which can diminish the guest experience and lead to considerable financial and reputational costs.
Guidance Available: Start Your Water Management Program Today
The problems that lead to Legionnaires’ disease are preventable through water management programs. A water management program is a multi-step, continuous process designed to
- Identify areas in a building where Legionella could grow and spread
- Reduce risk by managing and monitoring the water system
- Trigger action when risks are identified
Get started by creating a team with the right mix of skills so you can develop the most effective program possible. See steps you can take.
Water Management Programs are Now an Industry Standard for Large Buildings in the United States
CDC has a free toolkit with practical guidance on how to tailor a water management program for your building and needs.
Legionella Can Grow and Spread in Many Areas of Hotels and Resorts
Legionella can make people sick when the bacteria grow in water and spread in droplets small enough for people to breathe in. Legionella grows best in warm water that is not moving or that does not have enough disinfectant to kill the bacteria.
Legionnaires' disease rates have increased 9-fold since 2000.